Monday Morning Reflections

Snatched Away

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. Acts 8:39 Last night, San Marino Community Church bid farewell to Jeff and Lynn O’Grady, as Jeff retires and they get ready to...

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Love in Action

How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 1 John 3:17-18 I am quite the procrastinator. You may have noticed...

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Fear of Joy

While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. Luke 24:36-37   Alleluia!  Christ is risen!! It is generally understood that...

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Some Thoughts on Opening Our Buildings

Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when all is revealed, we will be like Christ, for we will see him as he is. 1 John 3:2 Alleluia! Christ is risen!! What an interesting coincidence that today, a...

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Getting Unstuck

You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever. Psalm 30:11-12 This is Holy Week, and in the span of a week we move...

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Breakout Presbytery

“And who is my neighbor?” Ephesians 4:15-16 We had a very meaningful Presbytery meeting on Saturday. We took several actions, several of which affirmed emerging and veteran leadership in the Presbytery: Charlene Jin Lee was advanced to candidacy in the preparation for...

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Pronouns

It is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. Romans 8:16-17 Saturday was a great day...

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Faith Not Works

All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. . . [But] by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift...

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Tentative

Jesus called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.